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May 3, 2024

After an extensive search process, the Providence Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee are pleased to announce Dr. Steven B. Kortenhoeven as the 4th president of Providence Christian College.

Dr. Kortenhoeven, a founding staff member of Providence, was the college’s first Dean of Student Life and Assistant Professor of Education. Since those early years at Providence, his passion for the mission of Providence and service to the college has remained constant, serving on college committees and on the Board of Trustees.

Promoting the importance of Reformed, Christian education has been a life-long passion of Dr. Kortenhoeven. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dordt University and his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He has served schools and colleges for 33 years in Florida, California, and Colorado, with the last 20 years being in leadership roles at both the high school and college levels.

Over three decades of leading in Christian education has earned Dr. Kortenhoeven the respect of his colleagues and the communities in which he served. He is known for wisdom and stability, providing a strong foundation for schools to grow and students to flourish under his leadership. The board of trustees unanimously believe that Dr. Kortenhoeven’s leadership is exactly what the college needs now as we embark into a season of growth and financial stability.

John Jansen, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said the following:

“I am delighted that after several years of searching, Steve recognized God’s leading. His capabilities, experience as a life-long educator, along with his love for Christian higher education makes him a great fit as Providence’s next President. The fact that Steve also has maintained a strong relationship with Providence over the years made it obvious to the Committee that Dr. Kortenhoeven was the right man for the job.”

Steve and his wife, Donna, live in Denver, Colorado and have five grown children and one daughter-in-law. Education has always been an important part of the family ethos, and each of the children are either currently working in education or enrolled in higher education.

Steve and Donna enjoy discovering new hikes, reading, traveling to see their children, playing pickleball, and golfing. They are eager to return to the West Coast to embrace the work God has placed in front of them.

The Board of Trustees would like to thank the Presidential Search Committee for their committed work, prayers, and wisdom through the process of this national search.